A buddy who is almost out of ammo asked me to help develop a load for him. We got the dies finally and I somehow scored 100 heads of Barnes 130 TTSX. I am a big Barnes fan. I only have one powder suitable for this bullet according to Barnes data and its Win 748. The Barnes site recommends 54 gr starting anf 60.5 max. Doe anyone load this bullet? Any tips in terms of seating depth and COL? My 7mm Mag loves the 120 TTSX and loves to be seated well off the rifling. I sent him home with 5 rds using 58.5 gr and COL of 3.24" like the Barnes data suggests.
So, fast forward. The guy shot the test loads and sent 3 into 1" with 2 touching. He's a hunter and not a long range shooter. I said, "do you want to shoot the other two and make sure"? He said nah, don't wanna waste ammo. We inspected his brass. He had easy extractions and was happy as is. Loaded him 100 rds. I almost guarentee that these loads will kill over 50 deer in the next 10-15 years. Funny how some guys just want to secure their hunting ammo stockpile and not shoot a lot. He will shoot 2-3 before season and make sure the scope/gun is still "on" and then kill everything he shoots at. He, like I, grew up shooting and shooting and hunting and hunting from an early age. Burned a ton of ammo with lots of trigger time on woodchucks. While we are both neither capable of shooting 1-2" groups at 600 yds, we both will probably count on 1 hand, maybe a few fingers, how many deer we loose to bad shots in our lifetime. Killers not shooters. Good decisions not great shots in relation to the long range stuff.
Kinda humbled me. Do your work and shooting within normal limitations. Make good shot decisions. Don't stretch things. Deer are plentiful here. You choose your shot and they will die and you will eat deer meat.